Nine weeks of blood and glory
Warsaw Uprising of 1944 day by day.

August 8, 1944 - Eighth day of the Uprising

Name day: Dominik, Cyprian
Sunrise 5:23 am; sunset 8:31 pm; average air temperature: 20°C
Sunny; Vistula river level: 180 cm

          An unsuccessful sortie of the group "Brody 23" commanded by Captain "Jan" from the area of the Jewish Cemetery to the circular railroad line with the aim to destroy a German armored train.

          The Germans continue their attacks on the Old Town from multiple directions. The houses on Krakowskie Przedmieście from Zamkowy (Castle) Square to Karowa Street are set on fire.

          The Old Town is already on the first front line. The enemy keeps charging the insurgent positions on Bielańska Street, the Town Hall, Bank Square, Rybaki Street, but to no avail. Planes are dropping incendiary bombs.

          In order to keep the east-west thoroughfare: Chłodna Street - Saxon Garden, the Germans are trying to repel the Polish squads from the neighboring streets, but they fail to do so. The insurgents keep their positions under control, and they even launch offensive actions. They secure the area near the Haberbusch brewery between Grzybowska and Krochmalna Streets.

          The soldiers of the "Chrobry II" group capture the building of the Water and Sewerage Directorate near Starynkiewicza Square.

          The fights over Aleje Jerozolimskie are ongoing. They last many hours, but eventually the insurgents win. The Germans also fail to destroy a passage through Aleje Jerozolimskie formed there at night.

          The Germans launch an attack on the positions of the "Golski" group from the direction of the Mokotów Field.

          A ceremonial unveiling of a memorial commemorating the act of Jan Kryst "Alan", who on May 22, 1943 carried out a sentence of death on three Gestapo officers and suffered death on site, takes place in the "Adria" restaurant.

          The command in upper Czerniaków is taken by Captain Zygmunt Netzer "Kryska", the commander of a WSOP (Military Service for the Protection of the Uprising) battalion, who arrived here from Śródmieście-North.

          The insurgent troops in Żoliborz extend their state of possession by capturing areas in the direction of the Chemistry Institute and the barracks located near Gdańska Street.

          The pacification of Ochota continues. The writers Karol Irzykowski and Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski die from sustained wounds. A number of other artists and scientists lose their lives in the massacre.

          The troops from Area II and III of Sub-district I form a subsection "South Śródmieście" that falls under the command of Major Stanisław Łętowski "Mechanik" ("Mechanic").

          Lieutenant Adolf Pilch "Dolina" ("Valley") forms the Palmiry-Młociny regiment in Kampinos. The regiment includes troops from the Naliboki Forest and scattered groups from Area VIII of Sub-district VII Obroża ("Collar").

          The radio station "Błyskawica" ("Lightning") comes into operation. It broadcasts programs on 328 and 52 wavelengths, at 1 MHz frequency 12 times a day. The radio station is located in the Postal Saving Bank building on Jasna Street.

          The Scout Mail is operating in Śródmieście and the Old Town, delivering nearly 2000 letters daily.

          The Soviet Marshals Żukow and Rokossowski report to Stalin that on August 25 they will be able to launch an operation to the south and north of Warsaw and seize the city.

edited by: Maciej Janaszek-Seydlitz

translated by: Beata Murzyn

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